02 Jul 16
Nico Prost will start this afternoon’s Visa London ePrix from pole position in a session that was blighted by the weather and multiple red flags.
Prost set the pace in the group stages, but with a downpour soaking the track ahead of the third session, a lot of the more fancied runners were left trying to make the best of a very tricky situation.
Both title challengers – Lucas di Grassi and Sebastien Buemi – had the worst of the conditions. This left di Grassi back in 10th, but two places ahead of Buemi in 12th. This also means that it is impossible for di Grassi to win this title this afternoon.
Sam Bird did a great job in the damp conditions of group four, but seventh place ends his slim title hopes.
All of this meant there was an unusual look to Super Pole, as Prost was joined by Oliver Turvey, giving NEXTEV its first top 5 start, Bruno Senna, Robin Frijns and Jean-Eric Vergne. However, Vergne had crashed his DS Virgin Racing car – bringing out the red flag – so was unable to take part in the shoot-out.
Senna did a great job for Mahindra, but with the track drying by the second Prost was able to beat his time for his first pole since Putrajaya in season one.
Second is Senna’s best qualifying to date, as is third for Turvey and fourth for Frijns. It all points to a dramatic race at 4pm (BST) this afternoon.